Say “centerpiece” and you probably picture a fancy flower arrangement, right? But with an eye for the unique and innovative, you can now opt for non-floral centerpieces for your wedding event. These offer wider decor possibilities than traditional arrangements, plus—without the cost of fresh flowers—they are great budget-stretchers as well.
How to start? Consider anchoring your centerpiece on the theme, color palette, location, or season of the party. Also visualize the size and shape of the table you’ll be decorating. This can help you determine how simple or complex your centerpiece should be. Beyond that, simply let your imagination soar. The out-of-the-box centerpiece ideas that follow show just how out-of-the-vase you can go!
Ideas to Make the Centerpieces Festive, Colorful, and Fun
Idea #1 - Tabletop Tower
Fuchsia, burnt orange, red, and aqua happily vie for attention in this towering centerpiece. How to make it? Simply fill heart-shaped woven boxes with edible guest favors, wrap each one in a colorful organza wrap, and stack the boxes up in a bowl or basket. An eye-catching focal point indeed for a favor presentation table.
Idea #2 - Nice and Natural
Here, the table elements do double-duty so charmingly, you won’t even miss the usual floral arrangement. Have large glass vases serve as luminaries, wrapped in natural-colored raffia; and tuck yellow table napkins and olive fabric into wine glasses to mimic pretty blossoms. The final effect: a centerpiece look…without an actual centerpiece!
Idea #3 - Fiesta Festive
You can almost hear the mariachi music, with this striking Mexican-themed table display. The idea is to let thematic elements take center stage on the table. Here, they’re globe-shaped take-offs on traditional piñatas flanked by oversized sombreros and colorful fabric wrapped boxes. With many party themes like this one, floral centerpieces wouldn’t have quite the same visual impact.
Idea #4 - Exotic Evening
Let paper-wrapped table lanterns take the place of a traditional centerpiece for an Arabian Nights-inspired display. Arrange them “table runner” style between the place settings, and allow the glow of the candles within to highlight the cutout symbols and gold-foil trimming of each lantern. Exotic indeed!
Idea #5 - The Talk of the Table
If it’s a conversation piece you want, plan something truly unusual to catch your guests’ attention. Surprise them with a live centerpiece, for instance, like this grouping of miniature fishbowls, each with a goldfish swimming inside it. These can then be taken home as guest favors at the end of the party (maybe with a starter packet of fish food to ensure proper home care!).
Idea #6 - Food and Fabric Flowers
Since food will figure prominently on your table anyway, why not present it so appealingly that it becomes your edible centerpiece? Lay out the goodies on the prettiest plates and position them atop urn-shaped stands to add height to the display. And all right, if you’ll really miss the flowers, set out petite pots of fabric roses for that feminine touch.
Have innovative centerpiece ideas of your own? We’d love to see them…and so would our other Bellenza readers!